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Friday, December 23, 2011

Jesus The Christ

John 20:31; 1:29; 4:42; 28:20 Matthew 20:20; 8:8; 16:16; Isaiah 9:6; II Peter 3:18

Today's discussion answers the month-long discussion which was focused on the titles associated with Jesus as Christ our Savior; therefore, let's close our discussion with the following titles for Jesus, and they are:
¨ Jesus as the Son of God: All who believe that Jesus is the Son of God have life everlasting as the believer have accepted Him as his or her personal Savior (John 3:16).
¨ Jesus as the Son of Man: Jesus is portrayed as the Son of Man because He was both God and man. Jesus as the human sacrifice atoned humanity's sins. Jesus fulfilled all requirements as He was sinless as a man but fully God. The phrase "ransom for many" includes all mankind I Timothy 2:5-6).
¨ Jesus as the Lamb of God: It was Jesus' death that provided for the removal of sin, its guilt and power it has over the unbeliever. Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world in that God the Father knew His Son would have to sacrifice His life for sin.
¨ Jesus as Lord: What makes Him Lord? Simply because it is Jesus who provided salvation through His death, burial and resurrection. All must confess his or her sins and believe within their hearts that Jesus is Lord having power, dominion and authority over all.
¨ Jesus as Savior: The word Savior means one who saves and Jesus fits the requirements because of what He did on man's behalf.
¨ Jesus as God: The belief that Jesus is God is the foundation of all Christian beliefs as scripture identifies Jesus as God's Son who came as God in the flesh. Jesus as God is the second person in the Godhead.
¨ Jesus as the Christ: The term "Christ' means the Anointed One, the true Messiah anointed as God's Son who was chosen for an important purpose-providing salvation to all who believe on Him. Jesus is the Christ as He is the Savior of the world anointed from the beginning of time for just such purpose.

Christmas mean Christ because without Christ there would be no honored celebration, no salvation nor hope for tomorrow-everlasting life.
Jesus is the Christ.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wo Is Jesus?

Luke 13:33; I Timothy 2:5; John 1:1; 1:7; 14:6; Isaiah 14:6

In our month long discussions of the titles for Jesus as we have discussed several; however over the next two days we will conclude our topical discussion of Jesus' titles. Today's focus is Jesus as Prophet, Mediator, Wonderful Counselor, the Word, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Jesus as Prophet: Luke 13:33 portray Jesus as the Prophet who came out of Jerusalem and Jesus lamented over the conditions of Jerusalem and their stubbornness to accept God's gift of salvation.
Jesus the Mediator: I Timothy 2:5 states "For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." Jesus was the Mediator who bridged the spiritual divide between man and God. It was through His sacrificial death that covers man's sins that we as believers can come boldly to God's throne of grace.
Jesus as the Word: John presents Jesus as the "Word" of God who was made flesh to live among men as He was present with God in the beginning. Being the "Word" Jesus relates to God Himself, humanity, and the world as it was through Jesus Christ that the world was created.
Jesus as the Way, the Truth and Life: Again John 14:6 tell of just who Jesus is in relationship to our salvation. No man can come to the Father accept they enter by Jesus because it was Jesus who shed His precious blood to atone our sins.
Jesus as Wonderful Counselor: Isaiah prophesied of the coming Messiah who would have the world on His shoulders. Jesus as our Counselor comforts when the need is there. He delivers us from the many snares we find ourselves in. He wipes away tears and He provides for all our needs and cares.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Jesus The High Priest

Hebrews 3:1

Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.

The term priest is one who speaks or relates to God for the people of ones self, whereas a prophet speaks to the people for God saying "what thus saith the Lord." Moses, Jeremiah and Isaiah are examples of prophets in the Old Testament who spoke to the people for God. The office of the priest in the Old Testament was from two major lines and they were Aaronic (Exodus 28:1) and Levitical (Hebrews 7:11; Leviticus 6:2-5). The priests of the Old Testament made sacrifices to God for the people and even taught them the law and they entered into the holiest of holy place in the temple or tabernacle to met with God (Leviticus 4:26; Ezekiel 42:13-14; Luke 1:8-11).

What makes Jesus our High Priest is that His one-time sacrifice cleared the way for all believers to enter God presence and this can be done as often as we the believer feels the need. Jesus' sacrificial death removed to the need for repeated ceremonial sacrifices made by the priest and they themselves had to get right with God before making atonements for others. Jesus had no sin to atone for because He is God in the second person and is holy. Jesus as our high Priest continues to make intercessions for us to God. Lastly, when God looks at sinful man He sees the righteousness of His Son because through Christ's blood our sins have been pardoned.

Jesus our high Priest because He paid our sin debt.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Chrief Shepherd

I Peter 5:4

And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

In a previous discussion we discussed Jesus as the Good Shepherd, but today's focus discussion is on Jesus as the chief Shepherd. If there was any doubt as to why Jesus is the chief Shepherd let's reflect on a few of Jesus' qualities that makes Him the chief Shepherd. First, He is the head of all and in all even the first born form the dead. Second, He is the head shepherd as He is God's Son who was in the beginning with God and all things that exist were mad by Him. Third, He is the head of the church as it is His bride and He will return one day to take her to heaven with Him. Jesus being the loving, caring Shepherd that He is has a crown of glory as a reward waiting for His people.
While Christ's church remains in the earth His under shepherds (pastors, apostles, evangelists, teachers and prophets) have the responsibility of feeding His people the word while guarding over their souls. These leaders are to possess a Christ-like spirit as they represent the Chief Shepherd-Jesus Christ Himself.
Jesus Christ is the chief Shepherd caring for His people as a loving father cares for his children. He is God.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Good Shepherd

John 10:11

I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep

Today's lesson study is the fourth in our study series of the names associated with Jesus. Herding sheep was a popular occupation during biblical times and the shepherd's responsibilities was to care for all the sheep's needs this included their safety.

In a pictorial description of Jesus He is pictured as the Good Shepherd; therefore, when Jesus describes Himself as the Good Shepherd who willingly laid down His life for the sins of the world. What Jesus is really saying is that "I love mankind to the point of death. I came into this world to die so that all who believe in me shall have everlasting life (John 3:16). I am the way back to God the Father in bridging the spiritual divide caused by sin. I provides for all man's needs as I rock them (mankind) to sleep each night and tenderly wakes them each morning". Jesus as the Good Shepherd displays His tender love and devotion to His people--believers.

Jesus describing Himself as the Good Shepherd coincides with Psalm 23:1 which states, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want", which means Jesus' presence is near at all times providing, loving, and protecting as we His sheep go about our daily activities. The remainder of Psalm 23 describes the qualities and responsibilities of the Good Shepherd-Jesus Christ.
What makes Jesus the Good Shepherd is His uniqueness in being God-man as He was in the beginning with God and through His virgin birth He became humanity for the purpose of making a one-time atonement for sin.

Jesus as the Good Shepherd is a comforter when needed, a warrior in time of battle and most of a Savior as all mankind needed a Savior. What a Good Shepherd who came to give life more abundantly for all who believe (John 10:10). Have you come into the fold of Jesus Christ relying on the everlasting protection of the only shepherd who has no beginning and no ending? Jesus the Good Shepherd-God's Son and man's Savior.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Chief Cornerstone

Ephesians 2:20

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone;

When we look at the name Chief Cornerstone for Jesus what come to mind? Do you see a chief cornerstone as the head of something, a sure foundation? Is the chief cornerstone something/someone from which everything rests? Do you see the chief cornerstone as being reliable as there is no failure in the head? What comes to my mind is that Jesus is the foundation of all life as all that exists has its beginning and ending in Him. This includes both physical and spiritual life in that all who have accepted Jesus as his or her personal Savior is assured of spending eternity with Him. When I look at Jesus as the Chief Cornerstone I see Him as my personal Savior who knew from the beginning of time that I would be born and in need of salvation. Jesus the Chief Cornerstone as He is the one who meets all my needs and loves you and I unconditionally.
What makes Jesus the Chief Cornerstone? Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone because He was present during creation and will be present when all who persevere to the end will see Him. He is the written Word as His is God (John 1:1). Jesus is the one who bled and died on the cross for the sins of the world as He was the only one found worthy to meet God the Father's requirement to atone sin. Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone because He is the firstborn from the dead. All who believe in Jesus died to sin with Him and was raised with Him to live forever. Jesus is the only one who you and I can take all our problems to and get an answer.
Another point on Jesus being the Chief Cornerstone is because Jesus is the foundation of the church and all churches who have Jesus as its foundation have committed themselves to following the doctrines of the New Testament teachings and revelations concerning Christ and the gospel (Acts 2:42). It was Jesus who established the New Testament church as He told Peter and the rest of the twelve disciples that Peter's faith confession that "He is the Christ" is what Christ's church were built and not even the gates of hell would be able to destroy His church. What a foundation!
To reject Jesus as the foundation is rejecting Jesus as Lord (John 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians 14:36-38; Galatians 1:9-11). This holds true for all who fails to accept Jesus as Lord of his or her life.
Let's close this discussion by saying Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone as there can be no surer foundation in which all things are built--physical and spiritual.
Any house that is built on Christ is solid.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Jesus The Bread Of Life

John 6:35

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

What was Jesus saying to His audience and all who have a need for spiritual food? What Jesus was saying to His audience is that just as man needs physical bread and water to sustain ones physical life spiritual bread and water is a necessity for spiritual survival and Jesus is the spiritual sustainer. Also Jesus' statement of Him being the bread of life further authenticates that He is the incarnated Christ sent from God the Father to provide the way back to our heavenly Father.

Jesus reminded His Jewish audience of their forefathers who ate manna from heaven and is now dead (v 49), but all who eat of His body shall live forever. Why simply because He is the "Bread of life" (v 48).

The question becomes, How do we eat and drink of this spiritual food? Verse 54 provides the answer, which is by believing in Jesus Christ and accepting Him as our personal Savior and sharing in the redemptive benefits of Christ's death on the cross (Romans 3:24-25; 1 John 1:7) and all believers will be raised with Him in the end. It is noteworthy to say that all believers remain in fellowship with Christ and His word through daily Bible reading as it is the written Word of God (1:1-5); therefore, believers eat of His flesh through the written Word of God and obeying His Word (v 63).

It is worth mentioning that we are saved by God's grace and the Holy Spirit's regenerating power when we first hear God's Word and adhere to the Word. Our salvation continues through our reading, obeying and absorbing the Word's truth in our hearts (1Timothy 4:13-16; James 1:21).

Jesus the bread of life, what a spiritual food provider!